School board picks 3 preferred candidates for vacancy

September 04, 2005|By Gina Davis

Carroll County school board members have forwarded to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. the names of three people they would like him to consider in filling a vacancy on the five-member panel.

Last week, board members interviewed 13 candidates who are seeking to fill the seat vacated by Laura K. Rhodes in July. A 14th candidate did not attend the interview session, and a 15th withdrew.

The board narrowed the field to Ellen Baker, who retired last school year as a history and social studies teacher at Francis Scott Key High in Union Bridge; Stephanie Dahlquist of Manchester, a retired English teacher at North Carroll High; and Patricia Gadberry of Sykesville, a longtime school system volunteer with three school-age children.

The names of all 14 candidates have been sent to Ehrlich, who is not required to pick from the list board members have submitted.

Board members are hopeful that the governor will select a replacement in time for their Sept. 14 meeting.

The replacement board member will serve out Rhodes' term, which ends in December next year.

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